I know plenty of people go out on New Year’s Day for a ‘Resolution Run’, but it is not something I have done or plan to do. As a runner in a non-running household, I am very aware of the ‘overhead’ associated with races – getting up, ready, driving, arriving early, recovery, and so on. And because they are so supportive, they want to be there for my races – which would mean inflicting all of this stuff on all of them! Though Lisa did request no more races until spring after freezing at the cold and windy finish line for the Red Baron Half!
As a result I will go out for my runs right in my area all the time – which is just fine with me since I have a load of great routes that allow flexibility in distance, hills, and so on. I like that efficiency – but I know that for my New Year goal I will need to get out more to the trails.
Anyway, for my New Year’s run I wanted to do something like a ‘resolution run’, something to mark the start of the new year and re-commit myself to running for the coming year. As I headed out it was another cold and windy day and was snowing already, but just those beautiful flurries. I knew a 5k was too short, so I planned to run at least a 10k route – and picked my 6.75mile route as a result. As I got close to the end the wind slowed down, and the temperature was in the mid-20s and I felt a bit warm, so off came the hat for the last half-mile! I continue to be amazed at how efficient tech materials are at keeping heat trapped inside with very thin layers.
I got back and felt great and really enjoyed my run – and when I was out on the run I was thinking about how fortunate I am in my life. I was still smiling from a fun night with Lisa and Chris, had a great time painting with the boys, and then had gotten a picture from my mother of her and my Dad out for dinner with my brother and his son who had gone to South Carolina to visit.
And so while Thanksgiving is the traditional ‘giving thanks’ time, as we start the new year it makes sense to step back and count my blessings:
– Lisa – can I possibly be more fortunate than to have someone that after nearly 22 years of marriage I want nothing more than to spend time hanging out? She is everything to me, and is an amazing person who makes me smile, makes me happy and makes me proud all the time.
– I am so thankful for my boys Danny & Chris – they are amazing kids who are talented and funny and have so much to offer the world and others.
– I really